Thursday, 28 April 2011

Starting out in game dev. and what we should expect to see in the near future.

If you really want to get into the game development business you need to have a plan set out and stick to it.
If your like me you would have watched a lot of other game dev's talk about how they got into the game's industry. Most of the videos I have seen the programmer of a game usually wanted to be a software programmer. The artist just wanted to design and draw thing for other companies. Thanks to computers we now have potential future jobs. The artist gets to design entire worlds and programmers add the players and allow them to do a set quest in that world. With tech evolving all the time I think in the near future a game will give us another life to live, kind of like the Avatar movie and with 3d finding itself in a lot of new games we should prepair for a world far more fun and entertaining and more importantly real.

By watching other's in the industry I think we have a lot more to discover. As for getting into the industry we have to study hard at school, harder at university and even harder at home. Almost everything I know is because of trial and error at home. It takes time to learn so give it the time and you will learn. If your thinking of quiting school and making your part time job a full time job don't because if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything(yes, stolen from back to the future but it is true).

If you know a little about c++ try Ogre3D. It is a game development engine and will help you make your games.
It stands for Object Graphic Rendering Engine. Heres the link.
If you master this you have a very bright future ahead of you. Before I started doing Ogre3D work I was using YoyoGames Game Maker which is perfect for a beginner without any knowledge on Game Development.

I think that is about it so watch how others started out work hard use Game Maker from YoyoGames and learn Ogre3D in c++ and you will be more than ready to start university. You could probably just apply for the job somewhere.

Thanks for reading this post, should be more to come.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Playstation Network Hacked

On the 20 of the 4 2011 the Playstation Network was hacked by an unknown group of thieves.
This group was trying to use their CFW(Custom Firmware) PS3's to download the games off the PSN store. the problem with that they gave themselves extra control over the network to do so. Which also allowed them to see other peoples account info like name address and even credit card details.

It wouldn't have taken them much to copy the entire database containing all the info so if your credit details are on the PSN please watch out for any unexplained payments. You probably think that if it happened once it can happen again, well yes it could but really it could happen on any network like the PSN.

Also the PSN is encrypting all of the data you put on there.
It's encrypted in a 128 bit encryption program which is a really good one.
This means that in the code it only repeats every 128 th character.
256 bit will take a super computer about 3yrs + to decode.
They stoped selling 512 bit because by the time it would finish decoding evidents the person who committed the crime would be long dead by a few decades.

The PSN should be fixed soon so don't worry too much and the people who did it will be found soon enough.
Well I guess thats all I know for now so lets hope it is fixed soon and never happens again.
Thanks for reading this also see this video.